|The Ferrari Ferrari-Four|
Hopefully, as a car fan, you will recognise at least half of the above names (including the F1 drivers). Remember all those amazing and stunningly beautiful cars? Now look at the above picture. That thing is the replacement for the four-seater 612 Scaglietti, Ferrari's equivalent of the Aston Martin Vanquish. Not a pretty sight, is it? In fact, it's the most controversial Ferrari for a long time...
|If anything/anyone ever grins at you like that, you'd rightly feel disturbed|
|Oh yeah, because THIS is what Ferraris are for...|
Well, the answer appears to be "everything". When you set aside Ferrari's illustrious history and peel away that iffy styling, there are actually a lot of things to like. It's motivated by a 6.3 V12 producing a whopping 660PS (651bhp), equalling the world-beating Enzo hypercar of 2003, as well as 504lb/ft of torque. That's enough grunt for the Four to hit 60mph from rest in just 3.7 seconds, after which it will take a quartet of adults up to a dizzying 208mph, on par with most of today's supercars despite a ~1800kg kerbweight. The 4RM system weighs 50% less than a conventional AWD system, which - along with the V12 being mounted behind the front axle - helps to maintain a near-perfect 47:53 Front:Rear weight distribution. Then there's the practical stuff. The bootspace is seriously comparable to that of a Renault Scenic, with 450 litres of space in that peculiar rear end, which is increased to 800L with the rear seats folded down. Yes, I did just say that about a production Ferrari. Also, that 4RM system means it has much higher traction than a 599, meaning that not only can you drive on snow, you can put the hammer down harder and more often than in most supercars, meaning that all of those 660 prancing horses can actually be used. Blistering speed, huge levels of grip and estate-like practicality. Those are the three reasons this car exists. Fuel economy, however, probably isn't a reason.
|If I absolutely had to, I'd specify it like this, except probably with a bit less red leather. Configurators are fun|
Layout: Mid-Front-Engined, All-Wheel-Drive
Engine: 6262cc 65-degree V12, Naturally Aspirated
Power/Torque/CO2: 660PS (651bhp) / 504lb/ft (683NM) / 360g/km
Weight: 1790kg (dry weight), 1880kg (kerb weight)
Acceleration: 0-62mph (100km/h): 3.7s, 0-124mph (200km/h): 11s
Top Speed: 208mph (335km/h)
Price: £223,570 ($363,300 / €260,000)
|A Ferrari sports-GT that's a shooting brake with the heart of a supercar and 'allterrainability'. What's not to like? Oh yeah, the styling. And the price.|